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Amazing Ocean 3D

Release Date: Feb 2013
Genre: Documentary
Director: Benjamin Eicher, Timo Joh Mayer
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: 3D BRD
Language: International
Version: NTSC

Review:

Amazing Ocean 3D's greatest asset is its photography, which is a touch crisper than anything that appears in either of the Fascination Coral Reef releases. Unfortunately, though, the minuscule uptick in visuals only take the documentary so far. Universal's 1080p/MVC-encoded video transfer and subsequent 2D and 3D presentations are riddled with debilitating issues, chief among them relentless aliasing, intermittent macroblocking and banding, and instances of everything from color bleeding to unsightly noise, edge halos and other eyesores. Some of the anomalies trace back to the source, no doubt. But the entire experience looks, at best, like a first or second generation 1080i BD, and, at its worst, like a poor DVD-era upconvert. The 3D presentation has shortcomings of its own general flatness, limited pop, more abundant aliasing and a lack of standout moments and is quite prone to ghosting, even though it should be said that crosstalk is almost always a product of the 3D display or glasses rather than the encode.

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